Canada Day in Vancouver

Top 5 Canada Day Events in Greater Vancouver

Vancouver's Canada Place on a clear summer evening
••• Vancouver's Canada Place. Kim Rogerson / Getty Images

Canada Day is Friday, July 1, 2016.

Spending Canada Day in Vancouver? These top five events are the way to spend it.

  • 01 of 05

    What: Granville Island's huge Canada Day celebration includes a Parade, an official Canada Day Ceremony with cake, a Lobster Man Cookout, live jazz, performers, and a South Asian cultural fair. This is the best venue for families with young kids: bring a picnic blanket and take breaks to let the kids run at the free Granville Island Water Park.
    When: 8am - Midnight, July 1
    Where: Granville Island, Vancouver, BC

  • 02 of 05

    What: Canada Place hosts Downtown Vancouver's biggest Canada Day celebration with a free Waterfront Party that includes live music and entertainment on three stages, followed by the annual Canada Day Parade. The Waterfront Party features performers Hannah Georgas, Hairfarmers and Watasun, kids' activities, street hockey, a circus show, and food carts.
    When: Waterfront Party: 10am - 6pm; Parade starts at 7pm, July 1
    Where: Canada Place; Parade starts at the corner of Georgia Street & Broughton Street.

    Canada Place also co-produces the Burrard Inlet Fireworks that are Number 3 on this list, so you can make an entire day of your visit.

  • 03 of 05

    What: Cap off your Canada Day celebrations with this pyrotechnic extravaganza! With barges in Dundarave and Coal Harbour, the annual Fireworks Show will be visible from northwest-side Downtown (Coal Harbour, parts of Stanley Park), West Vancouver (the seawall between Ambleside and Dundarave), North Vancouver (Lower Lonsdale).
    When: 10:30pm - 11pm, July 1
    Where: Vancouver Downtown / Coal Harbour

    Note: You can't see the fireworks from English Bay or Spanish Banks / the southwest Vancouver beaches. You need to be on the northwest side of Downtown Vancouver.

  • 04 of 05

    What: Steveston, Richmond's historic fishing village, celebrates Canada Day with two huge, free events: the Steveston Salmon Festival--which includes a parade and Steveston's famous salmon barbecue, where over 1200 pounds of wild salmon filets are grilled over open fire pits--and Ships to Shore Steveston, where 20 working and historic ships are on display at the waterfront, within a short walk of the Salmon Festival. 
    When: Steveston Salmon Festival is 6:30am - 5pm, July 1;
    Ships to Shore runs June 29 - July 1.
    Where: Steveston Village, Richmond

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  • 05 of 05

    What: OK, this one is not actually in Vancouver....But it has to go on this list because Surrey's Canada Day celebration is both the biggest Canada Day event in western Canada and one of the biggest outdoor concerts in B.C. And it's all FREE! The Fruiticana Fireworks Spectacular follows the concert. 
    When: 10am - 10:30pm, July 1
    Where: Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, Surrey, BC